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space. >> no. >> and thanks for joining us today. >> good to so you. we wish you a good day. america lives starts right now. bye-bye. and we begin with a fox news alert out of washington, where we do expect to be briefed by the state department on the crisis in syria and what is a growing indication that world powers are ready to act to stop the blood shed. welcome to america live. president obama is keeping in close contact with our allies to determine the next step. the united nations acknowledged some coined of substance was used in last week's attack. the u.s. is prepared to act and moving four navy destroyers in the region. each is capable of caring 90 tomahawk missiles and they have nuclear powered submarines at its disposal.
and un inspectors were able to get to the site for a second time. earlier this month they were shot at while they were trying to do their job. this comes as a suspected chemical weapon's attack killed hundreds of people. families were woiped out. in the midst of all of the sorrow, a story of hope. a father was reunited with a son he thought was killed in a recent attack. >> and only image the joy and no translation needed. the father was overcomed and nearly fainted and grabbing his son close and gassing in his eyes and this video reported in the damascus suburb.
reporting live leland viter, it is good to so one positive moment in all of that chaos. >> it certainly is, shannon, but there are not many of them as the war drums continue to be louder and louder in the mideast. there is often the war of words and that started in earnest and the syrians said if struck they will counter attack on tel aviv which will burn in israel. and iranians said tel aviv and israel will bear the brunt and pay the heavy price for the attack by the united states. it is interesting to note they have missiles and anti- ship missiles to hit things in the mediterranean and they could be armed with chemical weapons. and the israelis are taking no chances. they have activated and put on alert anti- missile system and
the iron dome that is successful in the past and the system all on stand by and the israelis are calling up reserve forces that are authorized and the israel citizens are not in the point of panic right now, but of great concern as there are lines all over the country as folks try to get their gas mask. every israel is entitled to a government- issued gas mask. there is long lines and trying to get them and make sure the canisters are up-to-date before any type of hostilities brake out. the prime minister said israel wants to stay out of the syrian war but will respond fiercely if there is an attack. there is a issue of timing. there is concern that the longer the united states and the allies wait to act while talking about military strike, as long as the syrians have the ability to move military hardware to places that
the united states will not hit or won't near schools and also in israel, the longer the united states waits to act it gives syria and iran to make promise was retaliation and threats that at some ponent they may have to live up to. >> which they are doing increasingly. leland, thank you very much. >> more on the chemical weapons attack. syria is one of seven countries in the world that did not join the convention banning chemical weapons. the stock pile is the largest in the world and estimated at up to a thousand tons. u.s. assessments that damascus has mustard blister agents and nerve agents and possibly already weaponized into bombs and there is evidence that they have used saran gas against opposition forces that is more deadly than signicide. one tiny drop can kill a person.
most are believed to be in the syrian north. the arsenal is 100 times worse than what we faced and dealt with in libya. >> the experts say it is not able to take out the chemical weapons. what would a limited strike accomplish and what would it be about colonel it is good to see you. >> what is the end game? >> leland viter's report a moment ago and you just talked about shoes how complex the whole situation is. it is hard to find a good ending point, something that comes out good for everybody in this thing. we are talking about limited strikes, what is the purpose of it? to send a message or destabilize the regime or knock out his
military capabilities and somehow support the rebellion forces? i don't know. i say at a maximum we'll fire or tomahawk missiles and i doubt we'll put jet aircraft over syria. and we'll have to carefully select our targets. i heard somebody talking on fox and i agreed with him completely, the issue is not chemical weapons, the issue is bashar assad. and in my judgment what we should do is scare him personally and visibly. we don't have to kill anybody around him, and we should send a message and do it as a demonstration. i like to use the words shock and a we and demolish it. and when you are done doing that you send a message which seems to be doing. don't use chemical weapons.
you don't use chemical weapons. iowa rannians and russia can yell and scream. you haven't changed the dynamics except to scare assad. we did that with ghada ffi when oliver north was on the security council. it worked. that is an outcome that bha work. >> send a message and avoid obviously civilian casulties which you rick in that region. and you mentioned the fact that we want to scare assad and notes inially take him out. any strike would not be about regime change but they have called for that a couple of years. how do we thread that needle and send a message and minimize or avoid civilian casulties and scare him and show him the u.s.
means business. >> thank you for the question. in theeralwar. they had targets in lebanon. hesbollah- land i like to call it. and they advised through cell phone calls, and through leaflet drops they were going to do it. get out of the area and tomorrow we will hit the area. there were very few civilian casulties. we can do that by specifically targeting something of importance. palace or residence and shannon if we were going to hit it fire 25 tomahawk missiles and so when he comes back to look at it. there is nothing left and next time it will be him and don't use chemical weapons again. >> sounds like we are inching closer to those possibilities. thank you very much. >> thank you, shannon for inviting me. >> celebrating a pivotal moment
in american history 50 years later. civil right's leaders and presidents past and present gathering in the lincoln memorial and dr. king's iconic speech paved the way for racial equality. protestors demanded quality for americans of all races and there was violent confrontations that erupted because of their protest. despite the massive march and the change it brought it is a day remembered from inspiring words from a man whose legacy continues half century later. >> i have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character. i have a dream today.
>> they are live in the lincoln memorial covering the speeches and memories. hi, doug. >> hi, shannon, the crowd is a bit smaller than on saturday and attribute that to the rain and damp humid weather. still a bit of a surprise given the all- star line up of civil right heros and throw presidents past and present including president's carter and clinton and mr. obama speaking. the president has to thread the needle when it comes to his remarks. he is on the eve of a potential military attack against syria paying homage to a man who was pacist. wo all know and i saw saturday there is a lot of trayvon martin t- shirts. i am trayvon martin and the
president last spring said if he had a son he would look like trayvon martin. and that was applauded and disparaged bow many. one thing that a lot of people are asking today. what would martin luther king think of the changes here. america is a different country and no longer black and white and multicultural population and huge population of asians and indians and people of middle eastern descent. >> back to you. >> thank you so much. we'll go to that live. >> and a dead line is approaching as we await kathleen sebilluous that americans may be risking identity theft of the the secretary had until today to respond. florida's attorney general will tell us what she has or hasn't.
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alley believing it will make hymn a martyr in what he termed america's war on islam. the judge refused to let the attorneys to put on a defense when hasan refused to do so himself. he killed 13 people and injured dozens more in the massacre in the texas military base. >> as they prepare for the scheduled launch of obama care, more than dozen attorney generals are waiting word from health and secretary kathleen sebelius. americans identity may be at rick. the deadline for the secretary's response is today. have they gotten one? florida attorney general, co-author and signed on to the letter is here today. >> patrick morris from the great state of west virginia authored the letter and it was a great
letter and people try to say it is politics. it is about privacy and consumer protection. >> we are hoping to hear from the secretary. because i can't imagine anyone would want to compromise our consumer's privacy. and that's our biggest fear here. >> we'll explane. the navigators, people who got grants and they will help people sign up for obama care, but there are concerns and raised in the letter because we are in a rush now with the changes upon us. they may not get finger printed and background access and they will have our information. medical, income and social security number. >> that's the million dollar question. and the $67 million question. that is how much money they have investigated in the navigator. and others went to florida and the concern is, they cut the training from 30 hours to 20
hours and these people will have our most private information. now we are hearing that the navigators will be knocking on folk's doors and asking to come in and sign up on line. everything's being rushed. you can't fly an airplane as you are building it. they were supposed to sign the contracts with insurance companies, midseptember. and it was all supposed to go up on line october 1st. they have pushed that september 5th date back and they are saying now. everything's being rushed and pushed back and all we care about as state attorney's general is protecting our consumers. these are woefully inadequate safety standards that we have. we are asking for more standards. >> who will be responsible and
cope an eye on the navigators. there are question about the it side of it. that is backed up and that serification. will the government pay the credit repair? >> those are the questions we posed to the secretary who will be liable and who will police the police and monitor the navigators and the people who have vital information. no background checks they are confirming and no finger printing and not disqualifying. and nothing to be disqualified from being a navigator if you are a convicted felon. what if you committed theft in the past. with florida we are dealing with scams with identity theft. i am dealing one where people are scamming the utility companies and calling and saying
they work with the utility companies and that is a scam. we have sadly unethiccal people out there and this is another ven u to get our personal and private information. we hope that the white house will work with us. that's what we are hoping and hoping to come to a solution to protect our consumers. >> quickly, we are almost out of time. what are 1 or 2 things to reassure the states. >> back ground checks and finger prints and let us know who the navigators are. and tell us who is going to be liable. who is going to be watching them? who is going to train them? they may not all be intentional mistakes by the navigators. it could be accidental because of inadequate training. we want proper training and screening to protect our consumers. >> the groups of attorney
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>> on this tragic date of a college athlete, so called thrill kill murder in oklahoma. christopher lane was killed in a drive-by shooting while out for a jog. 500 people turned out for his funeral in australia to mourn the young man in a town where he grew up. the senseless nature of his son's death, he said made it harder to compreend. and his girlfriend placed an oklahoma flag on his coffin as symbol of the time they shared. a third teen was linked to the crime but his attorney denies he was involved. new developments on the kidnapping case involving hannah anderson, the sister of suspected murderer and james dimaggio is pointing the victim,
hannah. it is more bizarre by the day, trace. >> james dimaggio sister laura said there is no proof that he kidnapped 16-year-old hannah anderson or that he eured and killed the mother and brother and the sister believes that hannah anderson knows a lot more than she's saying about the case. here she is last night on cnn. listen. >> the hannah anderson that i saw, a now nights ago on tv. it is certainly not the girl that stayed in my home three weeks prior to them disappearing. i employer vividly telling my brother, she's trouble. she's going, i said you need to watch out for that one, she's trouble. >> hannah anderson said that james mi mag joe was the killer
and kidnapper and 13 text messages that she exchanged with dimaggio were her asking him to pick her up with cheerleading camp and directions on where to find here. laura dimaggio said the 16 year old got herself in a situation that she could not get out of. she was asked if her brother was infatuated with hannah anderson and this is how she responded. listen. >> i know jim expressed that she stated that she was very upset with her mother. she blamed her mother for her father moving to tennessee. yeah, she now wants to see all of the facts in this case because she does not think that there is any evidence against him. of course, the case has been closed for the time being. we should note by the way, hannah anderson's father who was working and living in nashville,
tennessee and decided to quit his job in nashville and move back to san diego to be with hus daughter full- time. shannon. >> thank you very much. >> new concerns on the new mexico drug cartel. a man looked up for torturing and killing a dea agent was set free. and claims of chemical attack. america has war ships waiting for a strike. we'll hear on what this test could be to a president whose strength was thought to be foreign policy? . too big. too small.
>> fox news alert a staff department briefing scheduled to begin a half an hour ago. we expect they will address the crisis in syria and we are awaiting word that un inspectors visited the site of the deadly attack in damascus a second time looking to confirm chemical weapons were in fact used. un secretary general said it could take several days to complete the investigation. >> and war ships are positioned in the region and some in congress are calling on the president to come to them before authorizing military action.
our chief congressional correspondent, mike has the story, hi, mike. >> many law makers are calling for president obama to make a public case to congress and the american people. the letter to the president. said engaging our military in syria when no direct threat to united states exist and without prior congressional authorization violates the separation of powers that is in the constitution. 75 house republicans signed the letter and so have 16 democrats. >> what i am calling for along with a host of the my democratic and republican colleagues is this. he ought to call us back in session proir to the application of force and present the case to us and the american people, and give us 12 hours to deliberate and then if he's warranted, on the evidence, we'll stand with him with statutory authority.
nothers want consultation from the obama administration but don't think congressional authorization is necessary now. though some in congress worry that military action in syria will not be quick can easy like most americans might think. >> a wider middle eastern conflict can be a problem if something like this happens. certain he we have known one of the reasons we haven't done anything with respect to syria, is that the russia is on the side of the syrians and iran is on the side of the syrians. sanchez warns of unintentional consequences that could make the situation worse and believes that president obama as commander in chief has the right to tell action. others are not so sure. >> we shall see, mike, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> it poses a serious challenge
for the president who was wary of intervening. has he acted fast enough and is it too late now. questions we'll talk with radio talk she host and fox news contract o, chris, welcome to you both. >> good morning, >> you are both familiar with this and heard what mike had to say and a lot of debate on whether or not the president under article one section eight has to go to congress and they are the ones to authorize war and then we get into a discussion of whether this is launching a war. chris, what is the long game here? >> that is a good question what the long game is here. there doesn't seem to be much of a long game. it seemed to be rushed and half-baked and there is a distinct lack of clarity to our objectives and goals are. sure we can inflikt damage on the syrian military and vowing that we are not after the assad
regime or toppling the assad regime. we have forces lining up on the other side as mike mentioned russia and as was mentioned in mike's report. china behind them and this might be an opportunity for them to do that. and israelis calling up the reservist and handing out gas macks and i am not sure in and i did the third hour of myro voices. i had everybody scratching their head. what is our goal here? is this just about barak obama's credibility because he drew an imaginary line in the sand or is this u.s. national security and are we parachuting in a civil war? >> leslie, i want to read a quote. the president does not have power to authorize a military attack in a situation that does
not stop a actual or imminent threat to the nation. that was candidate obama in 2007, lesly. >> yes, it was first of all. if i understand the article it is a declaration of war. the president is commander in chief. it doesn't matter democrat or republican or syria or anywhere else. a missile launch and not talking about a declaration and in this situation as we saw with libya no boots on the ground and all including friends of our allies backing us and for 30 months. russia and china and iran is backing the assad regime and i hear people on the chris's side of the oifl why department he do it 30 months ago. we didn't know in fact and we have absolute confirm aegz that weapons of mass destruction and nerve gas that are affecting the central nervous system and men,
women and children on all of the videos on television and on line and writhing in 59. i don't feel it is a knee jerk reaction and quite frankly if we are going to talk about a threat, what about afghanistan and iraq? neither afghanistan or iraq and bombed us including on september 11th. >> i will respond to that. >> there were plenty of connections to that and folks in the spectrum supported that and at that point they were convinced. >> they supported it based on why? >> you go with the best intelligence that you have. and convinced with the intelligence that there was enough reason to act. >> afghanistan was playing host to al-qaeda and they chose not to hand over ben bin. and we took action with the support of congress and we don't need to relitigate the iraq war.
but when democrats and barak obama attacked the bush administration for the cow by approach when president bush had coalition of 38 nations and approval of congress and involved the un in the point it was used to. this president hasn't spoken to democrats or republicans and ignoring the legislative branch of government and using the un as a side show and they are calling for a four- day delay and any u.s. military action, it looks leak the u.s. is going to ignore. we talk about cow by diplopacy. we are talking about all of our allies, england and france? this is about barak obama and not u.s. national security and not ending assad regime and not ending the civil war. it is a powder keg. >> leslie, i want you to respond
to that before we are out of time. and the fact ha president is not taking it to the members of congress. would it not help his cause to peck up the phone or bring them to the white house or in the uk call the legislators back from the break to see consensous on this before we get involved. >> chris and republicans, if the president walked on water he would say it was low tide. chris, come on, i am almost laughing. the republicans in congress who can't decide they agree with each other and can't defined who their party are. and only thing they have accomplished to vote 40 times to something that is going no where. you want to talk about time is of the essence. we don't have time for a discussion and debate. it will be a republican in the house, they are going to say no
to and disagree about anything that the president and democrats want. we know this why? >> as our constitution is written, you don't skip certain branches when you don't agree with them. >> we are not declaring war. >> to clarify the president's comment was not declaring war. he talked about a military strike and not war. >> i don't agree with that. >> that is his quote. we'll not attribute that to leslie. >> thank you. >> and a troubling event in the war on drug cartel. the man who tortured and killed a dea agent is free in mexico. and classrooms in the country a controversial curriculum plan that is adopted in 45 states.
why it has people so concerned and speak with one law makers that is taking the fight against. it >> and 50 years have passed sense the historic march on washington and we'll bring you the latest as leaders of our nation past and present reflect on reverend martin luther king speech. what is left to do since that highways toric day. >> let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of mississippi and from every mountain side. . i'm angela, and i didn't think i could quit smoking
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that proceeded the history. we are expecting president's carter and clinton and family members was martin luther king as well and president obama will join those speeches. we'll bring parts of those live. >> we'll ask dr. ben carson about the progress we have made on some of dr. king's important points. that is coming up. seniors concern on federal influence on education as millions of american kids are going back to school. some are already there. 45 states have common core. it dictates the math and reading skills as they go through kindergarten through high school. they are pushing them. and now critics ask if this is overreach. here's one of the skeptibs. congressman, thanks for joining us today.
>> good to be with you. i know you are hosting a forum so partners and teachers can talk about this. one of the main concerns about common core is whether it was intended to or not seems to be the federalization of government of education that should be handled by teachers and administrators and parents. >> it is a concern of mine as well and the reason we are having the summit. it is a fact- finding mission and impacting students and families. i heard questions from principals and teachers and families. it was important to have the summit and get the questions answered. drnt states came together. but always fearful when the federal government gets involved. and we have seen the federal government getting involved. i believe in local control and parent- driven education. my fear is federal government coming in. >> i have a question.
with so many states signing on, i wondered if funding is tied to this or initiative incentatives, financial incentives for them to adopt the curriculum. >> we are trying to get answers to that as well. there was a state legislator here in illinois. it was approved by the state board of education, it was a pressure, sounded like a good idea, really, no understanding fully of what it would be. and now my foreis, is federal dollars tied to it or federal wafers tied to it and putting pressure on local school boards and schools to teach a certain way and curriculum and certain ideas if they want to be able to have wafers or access to public money. we hope to have more answers to that. >> big movement in maine where they adopted common core and folks are getting around 60,000
signatures to put it on the ballot. they don't like what they have seep and think it will bankrupt their state education fund. they think it is bad and takes away the local control and voice that parents have in the process. the governor in georgia asked for a review. and a interesting piece by teacher with advanced degrees in math. has concerns about the way math is taught and thought process of getting away of two plus two equals four. he said there are flaws in the way it is done. he said i believe we are adopting this because of the international approval of that kind of approach. and he said there is a skier on the left to make us more like other nations by adopting this curriculum. >> i am concerned about that as well. i spoke to friends in indiana and i respect indiana, they pushed the pause button and saying we are not sure about this yet.
we have more questions. it is important to look at that as well. i hope that illinois will consider that and hold off. most importantly to make sure we are doing everything to teach kids. i want to make sure our education system is not focused on catering to the dults. and on the kids. and making sure the federal government is not getting involved in micromanagement of the education systems. >> we are hoping that parents and teachers will get much needed and very important information from your get together. let us know as well. >> thank you so much, shannon. great to be with us. >> infuriated because of a mexican judge freed a agent that torteured a dea agent. and mexican and u.s. agents are
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>> get this, a drug cartel agent was released from prisonna a he gave them the slip 10 minutes after he was freed. more on the story, hey, trace. >> we should point out that technicality that he was freed on was the fact he was tried in federal court for state crimes. yes, he was let out at 2:00 in the morning. there was a security detail assigned to him and he dropped or lost that security detail
within 10 minutes. by the time the u.s. found out about his surprise release he was already gone. there is speculation where he might be hiding but nothing concrete. the department of justice is furious because he is the man who ordered the torture and death of the agent in 1985. he led a raid on his 220 acre marijuana plantation. he was later kidnapped, kept alive by a doctor while he was tortured for two days and finally killed. i covered this case extensively back then. i can tell you relations between the u.s. and mexico at that point in time were at an all time low. the dea is now vowing to find out exactly where quintero is. i'm quoted here we are reminded everyday of the ultimate sacrifice paid by special agent kamca camarena and dye will make every effort to insure he faces
charges for crimes committed. and there could be international double jeopardy laws. the other is the loophole, technicality that got him freed in the first place might also play into other druglords being freed. we should note almost 30 years later there are still other suspects in the murder of c arks mrm camerena they are still looking for. >> thank you very much. >> the world on edge waiting to see if the u.s. and our allies will strike syria all in response to the deadly attacks on innocent civilians. a live update from the white house just minutes away. remembering the march that changed america forever exactly 50 years ago. we'll take you live to washington and reflect on the dreams that dr. martin luther king, jr. had for all. >> i have a dream. okay, listen up! i'm re-workin' the menu.
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celebrations under way in our nation's capitol. the legacy of dr. martin luther king, jr. we're taking you live to the lincoln memorial, 50 years after the march on washington and dr. martin luther king, jr.'s, i have dream speech. and president obama will stand on those same steps. it brought change at a time protesters were fighting for equal treatment under the law. live at the lincoln memorial with a look at today's events. hello, doug. >> reporter: hi, shannon, the crowd is beginning to build despite the rain and uncomfortable humidity today. building in perhaps in preparation for president obama's remarks at 2:45. he is the absolute personification of the struggle that began in 1963 and ended
with his presidency. it is difficult to overstate the importance of this presidency to so many in this crowd. we spoke to a guy 84 years old a park ranger here in 1963 to watch the march and so many other people like the mother and daughter you're about to meet right here finds this to be a tremendously emotional experience. listen up. >> it's so important to share this day with my daughter. i'm just so happy to be here today, to show her the redshirts from the civil rights movement, the freedom that my mother and father experienced. >> it is also difficult to overstate the absolute courage of those first generation civil rights leaders who defied the laws of that era to affect change. here's jesse jackson.
>> i just left greensville, north carolina and greens field south carolina trying to use a public library and public facilities. that day, black soldiers had to sit behind the prisoners of war from texas to maryland we couldn't use a single public facility. we lived under a racial time that people red, white and brown determined that was not requested agood and that had to end. >> reporter: leadership brings special responsibilities and president obama understands that today as he achieves the right balance to pay homage the reverend dr. martin luther king, jr. who was one of that era's preeminent pas pacifists on the of military action on syria and
the many trayvon martin t-shirts and people saying i am trayvon martin and the president last spring said if he had a son it would look like trayvon martin. that resonates with this crowd today but it offends many many other americans and the president has to strike that balance. one other aside quickly, a lot of gospel music you can hear in the background. that was something that was absent in 1963, when most of the music was provided by white folk singers, people like jo ann bye's and others who expressed concern for singing. >> thank you. >> my pleasure. >> joining us to reflect on the past 50 years, dr. ben carson, professor emeritus at hopkins
university author of america the beautiful. and mayrilyn williams, attorney and host. welcome to you both. dr. carson, i know you have written a piece looking over the last 50 years and what has progressed and hasn't. let's look at a lot of positive strides. i know many people at that time would not have imagined they would have an african-american president. >> it is pretty astonishing. i was 11 years old at the time of that speech but i was very cognizant of it following the civil rights struggle. if dr. king were here today to see a black president, attorney general, university president, ceos, virtually any office you can imagine, you would recognize things have really changed. people aren't surprised when
they see blacks in those positions anymore. that is a very good thing. but we cannot close our eyes to some of the negative things that are occurring as well. i'm sure he would be working just as hard to try to eliminate those things today. >> let's talk about that. in your piece you mentioned black on black crime and high unwed birthrates. and education was so important to dr. king and you're worried about the high dropout rates. what kind of things do you think needs to be done to encourage those things to turn around. >> he, along with a lot of people from all backgrounds sacrificed. they were beaten, thrown in jail. some were killed in order to make opportunities available, particularly educational opportunities. and yet we have a situation you have to drag people through the door.
these things make a huge difference. our statistics show if you are well educated not only are you going to do well for yourselves, you're much more likely to make significant contributions. i think that's a message he would be given. we have to stop looking for other people to blame and recognize the person who has the most to do with what happens us to in life is us. and the decisions that we make. i always say to young people. the average person lives to be about 80 years old in this country now. the first 20 or 25 years you spend preparing or not preparing. if you prepare you have 60 years to reap the benefits. if you don't prepare you have 60 years to suffer the consequences. you get to make that choice. nobody can stop you. >> ebony, let's bring you in here. you made that choice pursuing higher education working as an attorney along with many other things you're doing. your thoughts on the reporter there, doug mcelway and many
other people this hour. what do you hope to hear from him. do you think he can say something to bridge some of the tension and gaps we have right now in the united states. >> i think that's a great point. right now, we're experiencing a huge gap in terms of generational understandings. i think that a great example of the president doing that effectively was his commencement speech he gave earlier this year at more houhouse university. the pret echo-- the president ed on yesterday year and the challenges people of color have encountered but also as dr. carson said, opportunity. and we want to see correction for wherever inequality exists. when we fail to prepare for those opportunities it's a moot point. when we work in tandem, have efforts in terms of
infrastructure working to remedy inequalities and things that proportionately affect people that are minorities but when we prepare, we have a chance for people with progress and the communities. >> we will stop and listen in. oprah winfrey, a face all will recognize. >> the people continue to honor the dream of a man and a moveme movement. a man who in his short life saw suffering and in justijustice a refused to look the other way. we can be inspired and we, too, can be courageous by continuing to walk in the footsteps of the path that he forged. he is the one who reminded us we will never walk alone. he was, after all, a drum major for justice. so as the bells toll today, let
us reflect on the bravery, let us reflect on the sacrifice of those who stood up for freedom, who stood up for us, whose shoulders we now stand on. as the bells toll today at 3:00, let us ask ourselves how will the dream live on in me. in you. in all of us. as the bells toll, let us remind ourselves injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. as the bells toll, we commit to a life of service because dr. king, one of my favorite quotes from him is not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service. so we ask ourselves, what are we doing for others, to lift others up. as the bells toll, we must
>> ladies and gentlemen, john lew lewis. >> president and mrs. obama, president clinton, president cart carter, i want to thank bernice king and the king family and the national park service for inviting me here to speak today. when i look out over this diverse crowd and survey the guest guests on this platform j it seems to realize what otis redding red redding sang about about what
martin luther king, jr. preached about. this moment in our history has been a long time coming but a change has come. we are standing here in the shadow of abraham lincoln. 150 years after he issued the emancipation proclamation and only 50 years after the historic march on washington for jobs and freedom. we have come a great distance in this country, in the 50 years, but we still have a great distance to go before we fulfill the dream of martin luther king, jr. sometimes i hear people saying nothing has changed, but for someone to grow up the way i grew up in the cotton fields of alaba alabama, to now be serving in the united states congress, makes me want to tell them, come
and walk in my shoes. come walk in the shoes of those who were tracked by police dogs, by hoses and nightsticks, arrested and taken to jail. i first came to washington in the same year that president barack obama was born to participate in a freedom ride. in 1961, black and white people could not be seated together on a greyhound bus. so we decided to take up in integrated fashion ride from here to new orleans. but we never made it there. over 400 of us were arrested and jailed in mississippi during the freedom ride. a bus was set on fire in alba
alabama. we were beaten and arrested in jail but we helped bring an end to egg -- to segregation and public transportation. i came back here again in june of 1963, with the big stick as the new chairman of the student non-violent coordinating committee. we met with president kennedy, who said the fires of frustration were burning throughout america. in 1963, we could not register to vote simply because of the color of our skin. we had to pay a pro tax, pass a literacy test and count the number of jelly beans in a jar. hundreds of thousands of people were arrested and jailed throughout the south for trying to participate in the democratic process. many killed in mississippi and that's why we told president
kennedy we intended to march on washingt washington, to demonstrate the need for equal justice and equal opportunity in america. on august 28th, 1963, the nation a nation's capitol was in a state of emergency. thousands of troops surrounded the city. wreckers were told to stay home that day. liquor stores were closed. but the march was so orderly, so pea peaceful, it was filled with dignity and self-respect, because we believed in a way of pea peace, a way of love, a way of non-violen non-violence. people came that day to that march, dressed like they were on their way to a religious service. as for haley jackson saying how
we got over, how we got over, they drew thousands of us together in a strange sense. it seemed like the whole place started rocking. we truly believe in every human being, even those who are violent and were violent toward us, there was a spark of the divine. and no person had the right to scar or destroy that spark. martin luther king, jr. caught us the way of peace, the way of love. the way of non-violence. the taught us to have the power to forgive, the capacity to be reconciled. he taught us to stand up, to speak up, to speak out, to find a way to get in way.
people were fighting for justice and equality and willing to put their bodies on the line for a greater cause greater than themselves. not one incident of violence was reported that day. the spirit and leadership of the movement and all of its participants. the spirit of dr. king's words captured the hearts of people not just around america but around the world. on that day, martin luther king, jr. made a speech, but he also delivered a sermon. he transformed these marble step s of the lincoln memorial into a modern day pulpit. he changed us forever. after this ceremony was over, president kennedy invited us
back down to the white house. he met us, standing in the door to the oval office and he was beaming like a proud father. as he shook the hands of each one of us, he said, you did a good job. you did a good job. and he said to dr. king, you have a dream. 50 years later, we can ride anywhere we want to ride becaan stay where we want to stay. those signs that says white and colored are gone! and you won't see them anymore. [ applause ] except in a museum, in a book, on a video. they're still invisible signs buried in the hearts of human kind that form a gulf between
us. too many of us still believe our differences define us instead of the divine spark that runs through all of human creation. the scars and stains of racism still remains deeply embedded in american society. whether they stop-and-frisk in new york or injustice in the trayvon martin case in florida. the mass incarceration of millions of americans, immigrants hiding in fear in the shadow of our society, unemployment, homelessness, poverty, hunger or the renewal struggle for golden rights. i say to each one of us today, we enoumust never ever give up,t never ever give in, we must keep the faith and keep our eyes on the prize. [ applause ]
we did go to jail. but we got our civil rights back. we got our voting rights back. we got our fair housing act. but we must continue to push we must continue to work, as the late randolph said, the organizer of the march in 1963, and the dean of the civil rights movement once said, we may have come here on different ships but we all are in the same boat now. it doesn't matter whether we are black or white, latino, latino, asian-american or native-american, whether we are gay or straight, we are one people, we are one family, we all live in the same house, not just american house but the world house.
[ applause ] when your family accepts these truths, then we will be able to make doctors dreams a beloved community, a nation and world and peace for yourself. thank you very much. [ applause [ applause ] >> please welcome the 39th president of the united states, jimmy carter. >> you were listening there to congressman john lewis, who is known as one of the big six. civil rights leader who has been on the front lines from the beginning. i believe he may be the only surviving speaker from the speech 50 years ago from the event, today, speaking out about
what's been accomplished, what still needs to be done. we will go back to that in a minute but we want to go back to our panel. professor emeritus, ben carson and ebony turner, advocate for legal justice. just before congressman lewis we heard oprah winfrey talking about and the dream dr. martin luther king had has to live on in all of us and has to be carried forward. how do we do that. >> i think she was talking about the notion we spoke about, personal accountability. i loved oprah's line she pulled from dr. king's playbook everyone not being famous but you can be great through your service to others. i think that's key with our generation today. i think these young people are consumed with reality television and everything that signifies celebrity and they're confusing
that with service, serving your schools and young people and even in the form of parents serving their children. i think that was a very important call to action oprah gave us there. >> dr. carson, do you worry this generation doesn't understand the sacrifice made by the folks beaten and jailed and those who died on behalf of this cause. do you think this generation has a real understanding and appreciation for that. >> no. most of them have no concept of it at all. it's not just the young people. a lot of the older people, too. i'm always horrified when i see the jaywalking segments and they ask people basic things and they don't know. if you don't know the history, not only of the civil rights movement but of the country in general, of the values that engendered the greatest nation the world has ever known, how can you put anything that's going on into perspective. that's what wisdom is all about. it's not just the young people
unfortunately, it's all of us. we need to re-evaluate what's important to us. you know, this whole celebrity culture, the pop culture, you know, we're throwing away many of the values that made us into a great nation. i don't have anything against sports stars and entertainers and people of that nature, but all of us need to have an understanding of what is truly important and what we need to transmit to our children if this is to remain the pinnacle nation in the world. >> doctor, i want to ask you about another line in the piece you wrote for the "washington times" where you're now writing a column, talking about dr. king and what he would think where we are 50 years later, perhaps the biggest disappointment is wholesale adoption of mentality to make people feel they're being cared for by others rather than working tirelessly to create wealth and opportunities for their progeny. >> yes. i get that from my mother, who would never be a victim, even
though she was from a very large family. got married at age 13, found out her husband was a bigamist, had only a third grade education. she refused to go on welfare. she worked three jobs at a time so that she could control her own life. never made excuses. never accepted excuses from us. as a result of that, the demands she made on us, i became a brain surgeon and my brother became a rocket scientist. it can be done. you cannot have an excuse mentality. this is something that used not to characterize the black community. now, we're sort of adopting it and starting to feel somebody is treat i treating us incorrectly, somebody owed us something. i made the point in the article. you look at other communities, jewish community, korean community, how they have learned to take dollars and turn them over in their own community to create wealth a few times before they send them out, how they
have learned to reach back and pull others up. these are the kinds of things that have to be emphasized. we should not be emphasizing somebody did you wrong 100 years ago or somebody hates you and therefore that's going to keep you from get writing you need to go. we have tools. we have weapons. we can take care of people who do things like that. >> ebony, i wont an ask you about things mentioned about a number of speakers today and we just heard from congressman lewis today, the number of issues and laws he sees very troublesome for the african-american community. he mentioned stop-and-frisk and the trayvon martin case. those are real wedge issues right now. how do we come together on issues like that because there is such a division on those point points? >> sure. i'll address stop-and-frisk first. i think the number surrounding that, you look at almost 5 million stops in new york over 10 years and of those, 88% resulting in a finding of
innocent. then the disproportionate way that affects black people, black men in particular, that can't be ignored. i think that is where that become as wedge issue. there are many black people in this country that feel we are unfairly targeted, feel the reasonable suspicion required for a proper terry stop is not being done, at least in those types of instances. i'm glad to see new york take some accountability and re-evaluate. they're not stopping stop-and-frisk but they're holding their leaders accountable so it's done in a fair and balanced way. >> we are just about out of time for this segment. i want to ask you, ebony, about trayvon martin as well in that case and as much it stirred up as well a different conversation. >> sure. different conversation. that conversation was so emotional for many black americans because it gets to this notion of the value of black life and black male life in particular. i said on the program before i feel like the justice did what it needed to do.
unfortunately, the state did not meet their burden of proof and that's why we got an acquittal. it certainly feels a certain way to the black community because a young black boy lost his life and there's no accountability. >> we have to leave it there. we'll be back with speeches of former president clinton and president obama after this break. ...and muscles. [ ding! ] that can only be ensure complete! [ female announcer ] the four-in-one nutrition of ensure complete. a simple choice to help u eat right. [ major nutrition ] nutrition in charge.
we take you back now to washington with former president clinton now speaking. >> out flowed the civil rights voting rights act. immigration reform. medicare, medicaid, open housing. it is well to remember that the leaders and foot soldiers here were both idealists and tough realists. they had to be. it was a violent time. just three months later we lost president kennedy. we thank god president johnson came in and fought for all those issues i just mentioned. [ applause ] just five years later, we lost senator kennedy. in between, there was the carnage of the fight for jobs, freedom and equality.
just 18 days after this march, four little children were killed in the birmingham church bombing. then there were the klu klux klan murders, the mississippi lyn lynching and a dozen others, until in 1968, dr. king himself was martyred, still marching for jobs and freedom. what a debt we owe to those people who came here 50 years ago. [ applause ] the martyrs paid it all for a dream. a dream, as john lewis said, that millions have now actually lived. so how are we going to repay the debt. dr. king's dream of int interdependence, his prescription of wholehearted cooperation across racial lines,
they ring as true today as they did 50 years ago. oh, yes, we faced terrible political gridlock now. read a little history. it's nothing new. yes, there remain racial inequalities in income, health, wealth, incarceration and in the victims and perpetrators of violent crime. but we don't face beatings, lynches and shootings for our political beliefs anymore. and i would respectfully suggest that martin luther king did not live and die to hear his heirs whine about political gridlock. it is time to stop complaining and put our shoulders against the stubborn gates holding the american people back. [ applause ] we cannot be disheartened by the forces of resistance to building a modern economy of good jobs
and rising incomes or to rebuilding our education system to give all our children a common core of knowledge necessary to insure success. tore give americans of all ages access to affordable college and training programs. and we thank the president for is efforts in those regards. [ applause ]. we cannot relax in our efforts to implement health care reform in a way that ends discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions one of which is inadequate income to pay for rising health care. a health care reform that will lower costs and lengthen lives. nor can we stop investing in science and technology to train our young people of all races for the jobs tomorrow and to act on what we learn ed about our
bodies, our businesses and our climate. we must push open those stubborn gates. we cannot be discouraged supreme court decision that said we don't need this critical provision of the voting rights act because look at the states. it made it harder for african-americans and hispanics and students. and the elderly and the infirmed and poor working folks to vote. what do you know. they showed up, stood in line for hours and voted anyway. so obviously we don't need any kind of law. but a great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon. [ applause ] we must open those stubborn gates. and let us not forget that while racial divides persist and must
not be denied, the whole american landscape is littered with the lost dreams and dashed hopes of people of all races. and the great irony of the current moment is that the future has never brimmed with more possibilities. it has never burned brighter in what we could become if we push open those stubborn gates. and if we do it together. the choice remains as it was on that distant summer day 50 years ago. cooperate and thrive or fight with each other and fall behind. we should all thank god for dr. king and john lewis and all those who gave us a dream to guide us. a dream they paid for like our founders with their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor. and we thank them for reminding
us that america is always bec e becoming always on a journey and we all, every single citizen among us, have to run our lap. god bless them and god bless america. [ applause [ applause ] >> please give a warm welcome to martin luther king the iii. >> mr. president, madam first lady, president carter, president clinton, congressman lewis, and to all program participant participants this is an unusual moment in our world history. as we observe this 50th
anniversa anniversary. i am so thankful for the opportunity to really thank america for help iing to realiz the dream, although i must say it is not yet realized. and so we must redouble and quadruple our efforts. so much has been said today and i was 5 years old in 1963, when dad delivered his message. so i am blessed we were able to bring our daughter, who is hopefully paying attention 3 years -- 5 years old -- so she can appreciate this history and continue to participate. there are two quick other things that i want to say. i've been speaking all week, as many of us have.
but i'm reminded that dad challenged us. that's what he did, challenged our nation to be a better nation for all god's children. i'm reminded that he taught us the power of love, ag gaagape l the love that is totally unselfish, love someone whether rich or young, black and white, native-american or south american, latino, you love them because god calls us to do that. love and forgiveness is what we need more of not just in our nation but really throughout the world. i want to rush to tell you dad said the ultimate measure of a human being is where one stands, not in times of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy. he went on to say that on some questions cowardice asks is a position safe. spe
expedience asks is it popular and the thing called conscience asks is a position right. sometimes we must take positions that are neither safe nor popular nor politic. we must take those positions because our conscience tells us they're right. i finally say this afternoon we've got a lot of work to do, but none of us should be in any ways tired. why. because we've come much to foar from where we started. none of us ever told any of us our roads would be easy. i know our god, our god did not bring any of us this far to leave us. thank you, god bless you. playoffs [ applause ]. >> please welcome christine king
ferri ferris. >> thank you, president obama and mrs. obama. presidents clinton and carter, other distinguish ed program participants. i am honored to be among you today and to address this historic gathering. i don't know if i am the most senior speaker to address this assembly today but i am certainly and surely the only person a lilive who knew martin luther king, jr. when he was a
ba baby. it has been my great privilege to watch my little brother grow and thrive and develop into a fine man and then a great leader, whose legacy continues to inspire countless millions around the world. unfortunately, a bout with the flu virus 50 years ago prevented me from attending the original march. but i was able to watch it on televisi television. and i was as awe-struck as every one else. i knew martin was an excellent preacher because i had seen him deliver on many occasions. but on that day, martin achieved greatness because he melded the
hopes and dreams of millions into a grand vision of healing, reconciliation and brotherhood. the dream my brother shared with our nation and world on that sweltering day of days 50 years ago continues to nurture and sustain non-violent activists worldwide in their struggle for freedom and human rights. indeed, this gathering provides a powerful testament of hope and hope positive that martin's great dream will live on in the heart of humanity for
generations to come. our challenge then as followers of martin luther king, jr. is to now honor his life, leadership and legacy by living our lives in a way that carries forward the unfinished work. there is no better way to honor his sacrifices and contribution s than by becoming champions of non-violence in our homes and communi communities, in our places of work, worship and learning. everywhere everyday, the dream martin shared on that day, a half century ago, remain as definitive statement of the american dream, the beautiful
vision of a diverse freedom loving people united in our love for justice, brotherhood and sist sisterhood, yes, they can slay the dreamer but, no, they cannot destroy his im mmortal dream. but martin's dream is a vision not yet to be realized, a dream yet unfilled, and we have much to do before we can celebrate the dream as a reality, as the suppression of voting rights and histor horrific violence that has taken the lives of trayvon martin and young people all across america and has so painfully
demonstrated. but despite the influences and challenges we face, we are here today to affirm the dream. today to affirm the dream. >> we are not going be to be defeated. instead, we are going forward into this uncertain future with courage and determination to make the dream reality. and so the work to fulfill the dream goes on and despite the daunting challenges we face on the road to the beloved community, feel that the dream is sinkin sinking deep and nourg roots all across america and around the world. may it continue to thrive and
spread and help bring justice, peace, and literation to all humanity. thank you, and god bless you all. [ cheers and applause ] >> please welcome reverend dr. bernice king. president obama, mrs. obama, presidents carter and clinton, congressman lewis, ambassador young, my brother martin the third, dexter scott king, and to my entire family, i was five months old when my father delivered his "i have a dream
speech", and i probably was somewhere crawling on floor or taking a nap after having a meal. but today is a glorious day because on this program today, we have witnessed a manifestation of the beloved community. we thank everyone for their presence here today. today we have been honored to have three presidents of the united states. 50 years ago the president did not attend. today we are honored to have many women in the planning and mobilization of the 50th anniversary of the march on washington. 50 years ago, there was not a single woman on the program. today we are honored to have not just one young person but several young people on the program today. it is certainly a tribute to the work and the legacy of so many
people that have gone on before us. 50 years ago today the symbolic shadow of this great emancipator, abraham lincoln, my father, the great liberator, stood in this very spot and declared to this nation his dream to let freedom ring for all people who were being man manacled by a system of segregation and discrimination. 50 years ago he commissioned us to go back to our various cities, towns, hamlets, states, and villages and let freedom ring. the reverb ration of the sound of that freedom message has amplified and echoed since 1963. through the decades and coast to coast throughout this nation and even around the world. we are summoned back to these
hallowed ground to send out a claireon call to let freedom ring. since that time as a result of the civil rights act civil righ, the voting rights act of 1965, and the fair housing act in 1968, we have witnessed great strides towards freedom for all regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, class, or sexual orientation. 50 years later in this year of jubilee, we are standing once again in the shadow of that great emancipator having been summoned to these hallowed grounds to reverberate the message of that great liberator for there's a remnant of 1963, congressman lewis, ambassador
young, that still remains who has come to bequeath that message of freedom to a new generation of people who must now carry that message in their towns, in their communities, amongst their tribes, and amongst their nations of the world. we must keep the sound and the message of freedom and justice going. it was my mother as has been said previously, coretta scott king, who, in fact, 30 years ago, a symbol, a coalition of conscience that started us on this whole path of remembering the anniversary of the march on washington. she reminded us that struggle is a never ending process. freedom is never really won. you earn it and win it in every generation. so we come once again to let freedom ring because if freedom stops ringing, then the sound
will disappear and the atmosphere will be charged with something else. 50 years later we come once again to this special landing on the steps of the lincoln memorial to reflect, to renew, and to rejuvenate for the continued struggle of freedom and justice. for today, 50 years later, my friends, we are still crippled by practices and policies steeped in racial pride, hatred, and hostility. some of which have us standing our ground, rather than finding common ground. we are still chained by economic disparity, income and class inequality, and conditions of poverty for many of god's children around this nation and the world. we're still bound by shackles of civil unrest and inherent social
biases in our nations and world, that often times degenerates into violence and destruction, especially against women and children. we're at this landing and now we must break the cycle. the prophet king spoke the vision. he made his claim, and we m run with it in this generation. his prophetic vision and magnificent dream described the yearning of people all over the world to have the freedom to prosper in life which is a right to pursue ones aspirations, purposes, dreams, well being without oppressive, depressive, reimpressive practices laws, behavior, and conditions that diminshes ones dig knit and denies one the pursuit of
happiness. the freedom to participate in government which is the right to have a voice and a say in how you are represente represented,, and governed without threats of tyranny, exclausary tactics and behavior and to have freedom to peaceful co exist which is the right to be respected in one's individuality and uniqueness without fear of attack, assault, or abuse. in 1967 my father asked a poignant and critical question. where do we go from here? chaos or community? we say with a resounding voice no to chaos, and yes to community. if we're going to rid ourselves of the chaos, then we must make a necessary shift. nothing is more tragic than for us to fail to achieve new attitudes and new mental outlooks. we have a tremendous and
unprecedented opportunity to reset the very means by which we live, work, and enjoy our lives. if we're going to continue to struggle for freedom and create true communities, then we will have to be relentless next posing, confronting, and ridding ourselves of the mindset of pride and greed and selfishness and hate and lust and fear and%3 idleness and lack of purpose and lack of love as my brother said, for our neighbor. we must seize this moment. the dawning of a new day, the emergence of a new generation who has postured to change the world through collaborative power, facilitated by unconditional love. as i close, i call upon my brother by the name of nehe m iah who was in the midst of rebuilding a community. in the midst of rebuilding a community, he brought the leaders and the rulers and the
rest of the people together, and he told them that the work is great and large and we are widely separated one from another on the wall, but when you hear the sound of the trumpets, and might i say when you hear the sound of the bells today, come to that spot and our god will fight with us, and so today, we're going to let freedom ring all across this nation. we're going to let freedom ring everywhere we go. if freedom is going to ring in libya, in syria, in egypt, in florida, then we must reach across the table, feed each other, and let freedom ring.